Missing out as a physical event last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the annual Kodomo no Hi Festival is back on 2 May 2021 at the Thebarton Community Centre in Torrensville. This festival takes its name from the festival of the same name held in Japan to respect children's personalities and celebrate their happiness.
Kodomo no Hi festival provides a good opportunity for visitors to experience a wide variety of Japanese culture such as bonsai, origami and ikebana (flowering arranging). Some of the most popular activities in previous years included martial arts demonstrations and train-related displays, which allowed visitors to experience what it is like controlling one. A notable activity during the 2018 festival was a demonstration of the preparation of mochi (rice cakes) using traditional tools.
Origami (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Handmade Mochi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Various stores offering foods from Japan and other countries will also be present, so visitors do not have to worry about going hungry. Visitors may want to consider purchasing their food early as the stalls can attract long queues during the day.
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Free on-site parking is available in the carpark accessible by Ashwin Parade. While not required visitors are encouraged to come in Japanese costumes.